Author Archive: Bill Murray

Bill Murray is the President of The Weather Factory. He is the site's official weather historian and a weekend forecaster. He also anchors the site's severe weather coverage. Bill Murray is the proud holder of National Weather Association Digital Seal #0001 @wxhistorian

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Quick Alabama Update at Noon:  Including Race Forecast

Quick Alabama Update at Noon: Including Race Forecast

| October 14, 2018 @ 12:01 pm

A very pleasant Sunday is in progress across Central Alabama, with mottled sunshine, relatively low humidity and mild to warm temperatures. Weather for the race at Talladega looks great.

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Great Race Weather, Unsettled Monday/Tuesday, Beautiful Wednesday-Friday, More Rain for the Weekend

Great Race Weather, Unsettled Monday/Tuesday, Beautiful Wednesday-Friday, More Rain for the Weekend

| October 14, 2018 @ 5:10 am

Today will feature showers over Northwest Alabama, but fine weather for Talladega. Monday into early Tuesday will be unsettled with showers, but fine Fall weather will dominate in the Wednesday-Friday timeframe with rain by Saturday.

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On This Day in Alabama History: Anniston Army Depot Got its Original Name

On This Day in Alabama History: Anniston Army Depot Got its Original Name

| October 14, 2018 @ 5:01 am

The Anniston Army Depot was planned as an ammunition storage site in the Alabama foothills of the Appalachian Mountains before World War II.

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A Quick Update at 1:30 p.m.:  Hurricane Michael Tearing Across the Florida Panhandle Headed for Georgia

A Quick Update at 1:30 p.m.: Hurricane Michael Tearing Across the Florida Panhandle Headed for Georgia

| October 10, 2018 @ 1:50 pm

Hurricane Michael is tearing across the Florida Panhandle at this hour with destructive winds. It will move into southwestern Georgia this afternoon.

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Category Four Hurricane Michael Making Landfall Between Tyndall AFB and Mexico Beach

Category Four Hurricane Michael Making Landfall Between Tyndall AFB and Mexico Beach

| October 10, 2018 @ 12:29 pm

Hurricane Michael is making landfall right now right now between Tyndall AFB and Mexico Beach, Florida.

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Noon Update on Extremely Dangerous Hurricane Michael:  Max Winds 150, CP 919 Millibars

Noon Update on Extremely Dangerous Hurricane Michael: Max Winds 150, CP 919 Millibars

| October 10, 2018 @ 12:04 pm

Hurricane Michael will likely be the third strongest U.S. landfalling hurricane with a central pressure of 919 millibars. If it maintains this pressure until it makes landfall, it will pass Hurricane Katrina for third place. It might be even stronger.

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Hurricane Michael An Hour From Landfall, Eyewall Now Onshore

Hurricane Michael An Hour From Landfall, Eyewall Now Onshore

| October 10, 2018 @ 11:53 am

Hurricane force winds are now being felt along the coast as the eyewall of Hurricane Michael is moving onshore between Panama City Beach and Port St. Joe.

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Life-Threatening Hurricane Michael Now Has Top Winds of 150 mph, Pressure Down to 923 Millibars

Life-Threatening Hurricane Michael Now Has Top Winds of 150 mph, Pressure Down to 923 Millibars

| October 10, 2018 @ 10:40 am

Hurricane Michael continues to rapidly intensify right up to landfall. Top winds are now 150 mph and the central pressure is 920 mb.

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Detailed Look at Impacts for Central Alabama:  Just Some Gusty Winds For Most, Rain for Some; Widespread 40s Friday Morning!

Detailed Look at Impacts for Central Alabama: Just Some Gusty Winds For Most, Rain for Some; Widespread 40s Friday Morning!

| October 10, 2018 @ 9:47 am

The eastern half of Alabama will see some rain today on the outer edges of Hurricane Michael with the heaviest rain over southeastern parts of the state. The main impact will be blustery winds that will gust to 10-20 mph north of I-59 and 20-30 mph at times south of I-59. Strong tropical storm force winds will be over Southeast Alabama with hurricane force winds impacting only extreme southeastern parts of the state.

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9 a.m. Update on Michael:  Destructive Eyewall Less Than Four Hours Away, Winds Increasing Rapidly

9 a.m. Update on Michael: Destructive Eyewall Less Than Four Hours Away, Winds Increasing Rapidly

| October 10, 2018 @ 9:11 am

The devastating eyewall of Intense Hurricane Michael is less than four hours from beloved sections of the Florida Panhandle coast between Laguna Beach and Cape San Blas. The eyewall will bring extreme winds and storm surge of 9-14 feet to the coast, spreading far inland in places. This is a life threatening situation and anyone still in place needs to assess their situation and go to their last resort shelter.

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8 a.m. Update:  145 mph Category Four, Pressure 933 Millibars

8 a.m. Update: 145 mph Category Four, Pressure 933 Millibars

| October 10, 2018 @ 7:56 am

Water levels are rising along the coast of the Florida Panhandle and Big Bend area. The hurricane continues to strengthen and has turned just to the right of due north heading for an early afternoon landfall near or just east of Panama City it appears.

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Hurricane Michael to Bring Unprecedented Surge and Wind as Well as Flooding Rains to Northwest Florida

Hurricane Michael to Bring Unprecedented Surge and Wind as Well as Flooding Rains to Northwest Florida

| October 10, 2018 @ 7:02 am

Here are some important forecast graphics for surge, wind and rain associated with Hurricane Michael.

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6 a.m. NHC Update:  Pressure Even Lower, Northeasterly Turn May Be Starting

6 a.m. NHC Update: Pressure Even Lower, Northeasterly Turn May Be Starting

| October 10, 2018 @ 6:10 am

The Air Force plane continues to find lower and lower central pressures in Hurricane Michael.

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5 a.m. Update from the National Hurricane Center

5 a.m. Update from the National Hurricane Center

| October 10, 2018 @ 5:20 am

Rainbands are spreading across the Florida Panhandle. Pressure has fallen to 937 millibars. Top winds are 140 mph.

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Pressure Down to 937 Millibars

Pressure Down to 937 Millibars

| October 10, 2018 @ 4:55 am

Four Category Hurricane Michael continues to intensify and may do so right up to landfall.

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Early Morning Notes on Extremely Dangerous Hurricane Michael

Early Morning Notes on Extremely Dangerous Hurricane Michael

| October 10, 2018 @ 4:44 am

Category four Hurricane Michael is turning north-northeast as expected and will make landfall somewhere between the communities of 30A and Apalachicola early this afternoon with a devastating and deadly storm surge, destructive winds and flooding rains.

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Satellite Sheldon Compares Michael, Harvey and Florence

Satellite Sheldon Compares Michael, Harvey and Florence

| October 9, 2018 @ 9:20 pm

Friend of the blog and satellite expert Sheldon Kusselson has produced a neat infographic tonight comparing Michael with Hurricanes Harvey, which produced tremendous floods in Texas last year, and this year’s Florence, which caused flooding in the Carolinas.

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Michael May Be An Unprecedented Hurricane for Panama City; Not Too Late to Evacuate

Michael May Be An Unprecedented Hurricane for Panama City; Not Too Late to Evacuate

| October 9, 2018 @ 8:17 pm

The Panama City area has never experienced a category four hurricane. Hurricane Michael might be about to change that.

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